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NCJ Number: NCJ 200116     Find in a Library
Title: Background Checks for Firearm Transfers, 2002
  Document URL: Text PDF 
  Agency Summary: Agency Summary 
Author(s): Michael Bowling Ph.D. ; Gene Lauver ; Matthew J. Hickman ; Devon B. Adams
Corporate Author: Regional Justice Information Service
United States of America
Date Published: 09/2003
Page Count: 12
  Series: BJS Bulletins
  Annotation: This report describes checks for firearm transfers conducted in 2002.
Abstract: This annual report provides the number of applications checked by State points of contact, estimates of the number of applications checked by local agencies, the number of applications rejected, the reasons for rejection, and estimates of application and rejections conducted by each type of approval system. It also provides information about appeals of rejected applications and arrests for falsified applications. The Firearm Inquiry Statistics Program, managed under the National Criminal History Improvement Program, is an ongoing data collection effort focusing on the procedures and statistics related to background checks in selected States. Highlights include the following: (1) State and local agencies conducted background checks on about half of the applications for firearms transfers or permits in 2002 while the FBI was responsible for the remainder; (2) in 2002, 136,000 (1.7 percent) of approximately 7,806,000 applications for firearm transfers or permits were rejected by the FBI or State and local agencies; and (3) in 2002, the majority of rejections for State and local agencies (52 percent) were due to applicants’ felony convictions or indictments; about 14 percent were rejected for a domestic violence misdemeanor conviction or restraining order. Tables and appendices
Main Term(s): Weapons
Index Term(s): Background investigations ; Conviction records ; Gun Control ; Illicit firearms ; Criminal histories ; Computerized criminal histories ; Statistics ; Firearms ; Handguns
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
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Type: Statistics
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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